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Rain interrupts SL's fight back on Day 3

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Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 16:24 [IST]
 
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Rain interrupts SL's fight back on Day 3

The third day of the first test between the touring West Indies and the hosts Sri Lanka, began just as the Windies would have wanted. In the third over of the day itself, paceman Kemar Roach clean bowled Tharanga Paranavitana for 10. The ball jagged back when Paranavitana committed on his front foot, tried playing it with an angled bat only to see the ball whiz through the gap between bat and pad and hit the stumps. Sri Lanka were looking precarious on 61/2.

Seasoned batsman Mahela Jayawardene was the next to take guard. But at the other end, captain Kumara Sangakarra immediately counter-attacked, taking Andre Russell for two fours in the 16th over. The two batsmen appeared to be settling in nicely and building a useful partnership when Dwayne Bravo ruined their plans. In the last ball of the 35th over, he bowled an in-swinging yorker to Sangakarra which took the batsman completely by surprise and crashed into the base of his stumps. Sangakarra was out for 73 when it looked like he was set to make a century. Thilan Samaraweera was the new batsman with the score looking like trouble for the Sri Lankans - 132/3. The pre-lunch strikes had pegged them back.

After lunch, Jayawardene and Sanaraweera began rebuilding. In the 43rd over, the former reached his half century in style, elegantly driving Roach through mid-wicket for a boundary. Sri Lanka were now 165/3 with the new partnership bearing fruit. But in the next over, the umpires called off play due to poor light. It appeared that the overcast conditions were not appropriate for play to continue and the pitch was covered up under the threat of rain. Sure enough, the skies opened and there was a downpour, which delayed play even further. Later in the day, play was called off for the day due to inclement weather conditions. The test appears poised for a draw, provided Sri Lanka can bat out Day 4 and the weather holds out.

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